Comp Stool Analysis (to check for said bacterial overgrowth)
Metabolic Analysis (urine)
Food Antibodies (blood)
There are also a few other standard blood tests the doc wants to review. Once we have the results from all of these, the doctor would like to make a game plan. He wants to see the whole picture and he's guessing that Jax has a few contributing issues here. While all this is happening (which will be a bit of a process), they want Jax on a dairy-free probiotic immediately, along with a chamomile oil rubbed over his liver. The doctor agrees that if a motility study showed Jaxon to have a neuropathic intestinal disease, he is not doubting that. But he feels there are probably more issues contributing to it, that can be treated. He also feels that Jaxon's pale complexion is a result of malnourishment. As in, his intestines are not absorbing properly.
Jax was such a good boy through the appointment, and actually had one of his episodes in front of the doctors. While we hate watching Jax do this, it is nice for a doctor to witness these awful, painful attacks that he goes through. The doctors definitely think they can help him, so we have our fingers crossed. He said he's had babies on feeding tubes with motility disorders that he has helped, and they are all tube-free. I hate to get our hopes up, but it's so hard not to. I was very nervous we'd see them and they would send us home with a herb. I feel better knowing they are doing a complete workup on him before making any decisions like that.
Interesting bit of info for you moms out there - apparently people with type A blood have a higher chance of dairy sensitivity. I thought that was interesting, and wanted to pass along.
So now I am waiting for the kits to begin gathering everything together. I'm not sure how long the process takes once I send everything back in is, but hopefully not too long. Jaxon is sliding back down again. He's been up the past two nights crying in pain and vomiting. This is the point where we start up another antibiotic, but we're going to try the probiotic first (when we get it). Fingers crossed.